Manchester City vs Sheffield United Predictions
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- Manchester City have kept clean sheets in nine of their last 11 Premier League fixtures.
- Man City won to nil in eight of those matches.
- Man City have won each of their last 11 games in all competitions.
- Man City are averaging 3.0 goals per league game since the turn of the year.
City on the march
City’s Manchester rivals United came unstuck against the Blades in mid-week, though the Citizens aren’t likely to suffer the same fate against the Premier League’s bottom club on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s team are really purring at present, and the title favourites moved to the summit of the table for the first time this season with a 5-0 demolition on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Tuesday.
The formidable Manchester giants have now pounded their way to 11 straight wins in all competitions, and with their performances looking increasingly ominous, many expect them to disappear over the horizon.
Blades Old Trafford miracle
Sheffield United will feel they are long overdue some luck, and the Blades certainly had the rub of the green in their remarkable 2-1 win over in-form Man Utd at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
A contentious first goal and a deflected second allowed Chris Wilder’s men to claim their second Premier League win in three games, rekindling hopes that the division’s bottom club can drag themselves to safety in the second half of the campaign.
Ruthless City to prevail
Following one Manchester giant killing with another at the Etihad Stadium should prove next to impossible for Wilder’s warriors however.
After they clunked through the gears in the early parts of the season, City exploded into life over the festive period, and despite their spirited showing at the Theatre of Dreams, the Blades should find keeping the Citizens at arm’s length a much tougher task.
City have rediscovered their attacking flow over the past month, and with final third panache complementing their superb defence performances, Guardiola’s charges are starting to look unstoppable.
That watertight defending has allowed City to win to nil in six of their last seven Premier League fixtures, and remarkably, the Citizens have conceded just two goals in total in their last 11 top-flight tests.
On Saturday, City are likely to enjoy 70% or more of the ball, and their razor-sharp frontline will almost certainly be more productive in possession than their rivals from across town against the Blades.
With match result markets best avoided for this one, the City win to nil option again appeals here, while our 3-0 correct score prediction tips the league leaders to maintain their superb 3.0 goals per game average they’ve been carrying since the turn of the year.
Manchester City injuries and team news
Sergio Aguero remains in self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, while Kevin De Bruyne will be sidelined for around a month with a hamstring injury.
Nathan Ake is struggling to shake off a muscular problem, though City’s squad looks strong elsewhere.
Sheffield United injuries and team news
John Egan’s return from suspension means Phil Jagielka is likely to return to the bench despite his superb performance at Old Trafford.
Enda Stevens, Ben Osborn, Jack Robinson and Oli McBurnie are all expected to miss out through injury however, while midweek goal hero Burke will hope to have done enough to earn a start against City.
- 22 Feb